One guy grew up in redneckville, South Carolina. The other an affluent community in the suburbs of Boston. And both are having conversations with their male friends about the Kavanaugh story, sex and power. And what guys are saying in private about the Kavanaugh accusation is very different from the image of men, sex and brute force that’s being portrayed by the anti-Kavanaugh activists and their media allies.

And Heather Mac Donald talks about the data behind America’s alleged “sex assault crisis,” which she writes about in her new book, The Diversity Delusion.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the results of primaries in Florida and Arizona, pointing out that the GOP enjoyed turnout advantages in both states, and got its best option for holding the Senate seat in Arizona while Democrats nominated an avowed socialist for governor of Florida.  They also unload on a Catholic cardinal from Chicago for suggesting Pope Francis cannot go down “rabbit trails” like rampant allegations of pedophile priests and bishops who covered up the crimes because the pontiff needs to focus more on climate change and building acceptance for migrants.  And they roll their eyes as Democrats and the media (but we repeat ourselves) are horrified that any Republican senator would not immediately rush to rename a Senate office building in honor of John McCain and that any opposition to the idea is an endorsement of the segregationist views of the senator for whom the building is currently named.

Why won’t President Trump sing the praises of Sen. John McCain? Because he knows something the media don’t:

His base.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Trump administration for rolling back the burdensome EPA clean power plant regulations and giving the states more flexibility in how they deal with emissions.  They also unload on CNN and other media outlets for reporting on tearful reunions among family members living in North and South Korea after nearly 70 years, blaming the separation on the Korean War rather than a brutally repressive communist regime in North Korea.  And they shake their heads as President Trump takes to Twitter and muses about pulling security clearances based on what former national security officials say about him on cable television.


A new poll finds that 43 percent of Republicans believe President Trump “should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” while a similar percentage of Democrats would support a law mandating legal consequences for people who refuse to use someone’s preferred pronouns.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Chad Benson of Radio America watch in amusement as Democrats invent ridiculous arguments against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn) statement that President Donald Trump “would be a monarch if Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice.” They also worry about America’s fertility rate falling to a 42-year low and the factors contributing to the decline, such as low marriage rates and the prevalence of birth control. And they are happy to see Netflix cancel the show of the Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan.

While the November midterms look tough for the GOP congress, Republican governors are the GOP’s 2018 good news–particularly in blue states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire. What’s their secret sauce? We have experts from both those states offering their insights.

And what the heck happened to VT’s Republican star Gov. Phil Scott–who had the biggest popularity plunge ever measured by Morning Consult polling? All the deets are in the podcast.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil as political prognosticator Larry Sabato predicts Democrats will win the House in the midterm elections and shows that 33 of 36 toss-up seats are held by Republicans.  They also shudder as Don Blankenship files papers to run as a third party candidate in the West Virginia Senate race.  And they get ready for a very crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary as former Attorney General Eric Holder and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan seriously explore White House bids.

Great news for Joe Queenan fans–he’s here! On the Behind The Blue Wall podcast talking Trump, Catholics, Hillary Clinton the culture war and–oddly–acupuncture. Plus why Joe Queenan believes Billy Joel is the Anti-Christ.

And columnist (and author of the new book “Militant Normals”) Kurt Schlichter makes the case for the Right abandoning the principle of free speech in favor of what he calls the “Poison Gas Theory of Politics.”

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Andrew McCarthy of National Review on why Kavanaugh was perhaps the perfect Supreme Court pick, and he destroys the arguments of Trump extremists calling the judge “Pro-Obamacare” and a Bushie squish.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America head into Independence Day with four good martinis. They look at a survey showing the majority of Americans support a Senate vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the midterm election. They also support German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to reverse the country’s open-borders immigration policy due to mounting political pressure. They analyze reports showing an Iranian diplomat was involved in a plot to attack a conference of Iranian resistance groups in Paris. And they welcome Brian Ross’ departure from ABC News following his false report that Trump ordered Michael Flynn to speak with Russians before the 2016 presidential election.

In a special 4th of July week edition of the podcast, we talk about the big Supreme Court news with Weekly Standard legal beagle Adam J. White (also of the Hoover Institution and the Scalia School of Law).

Historian Robert Allison returns to explain why New England is the best place in American to celebrate Independence Day.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America hail the Supreme Court’s ruling that non-members of public sector unions do not have to pay dues.  They also shudder as liberal protesters get up close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.  And they’re not going to miss New York Rep. Joe Crowley after his stunning defeat in a New York congressional primary, but the woman who defeated Crowley is an avowed socialist who wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement and pass single-payer health care.

Charles Krauthammer’s longtime friend and colleague Bill Kristol on why there isn’t another Krauthammer in American politics, and what made him different.

Longtime media warrior Brian Maloney on battling bias from the wrong side of the Blue Wall, and an amazing statistic about New England politics.

Tonight on the show reaction to the IG’s report about the FBI and a New York Times piece about Georgia gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle.

Tonight on the show reaction to last night primary election results and what to expect as the gubernatorial race heats up here in Georgia.

Tonight on the show the good and the bad from the meeting with North Korea, more fallout from a secret recording of Casey Cagle, the merger of Time Warner and AT&T and Claire McCaskill uses a private jet on her RV tour.

Tonight on the show reaction to the G7 summit, the CEO of Twitter forced to apologize for eating at Chick-fil-A, Net-neutrality is no more and we are all going to die and SCOTUS rules in favor of Ohio purging their voter rolls.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of a Christian baker who was sued for not customizing a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony but note the ruling focused on this particular case rather than broader issues of conscience and religious liberty.  They also cringe as Bill Clinton still sees himself as the victim in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and scolds an NBC reporter for even bringing it up.  And they’re incredulous as President Trump boldly announces he has the power to pardon himself and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, contends Trump could not even be indicted for killing former FBI Director James Comey while still in office.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up only good martinis today, although the last one comes with a twist.  They cheer Congress and President Trump for enacting “Right to Try” legislation, allowing terminally ill patients to undergo promising treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  They also get a lot of enjoyment out of the excerpt from an upcoming HBO documentary that shows Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes truly speechless after Donald Trump was declared the winner on Election Night 2016.  And just two days after ABC fired Roseanne Barr for her horrible tweet about Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Bee puts the left on the spot after using a vile word to describe Ivanka Trump.